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Addendum to the SCCS Opinion on Aluminium: final version

Addendum à l'Opinion du CSSC sur l'aluminium : version finale

The SCCS has just published the final version of its Addendum to the Opinion on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products, as regards the maximum concentration in lipsticks. It was adopted at its plenary meeting on 30-31 March 2021, after the end of the comment period following its initial publication and their review by the Scientific Committee.

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After the SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety) published its final Opinion on the safety of aluminium used in cosmetic products, an error was identified in the submission dossier regarding the safe percentage in lipsticks.
On 15 December 2020, the Scientific Committee published an Addendum to this Opinion, to take into account the new data provided.

For an exhaustive background information, see the article
CSSC : Request for an addendum to the Opinion on Aluminium, CosmeticOBS, 21 October 2020 • Addendum to the SCCS Opinion on Aluminium (preliminary version), CosmeticOBS, 5 January 2021

This Opinion has been subject to a commenting period of eight weeks after its initial publication (from 15 December 2020 until 15 February 2021). Comments received during this time were considered by the SCCS.
The final version has not been amended as no change occurred.

The final Opinion

1. In light of the new data provided, does the SCCS consider Aluminium safe when used in lipsticks up to a maximum concentration of 14%? In the event that the estimated exposure to Aluminium from lipsticks of cosmetic products is found to be of concern, SCCS is asked to recommend safe concentration limits.

In the light of the new data provided, the SCCS considers that the use of aluminium compounds is safe at the following equivalent aluminium concentrations up to:
• 6.25% in non-spray deodorants or non-spray antiperspirants
• 10.60% in spray deodorants or spray antiperspirants
• 2.65% in toothpaste and
• 14% in lipstick

2. Does the SCCS have any further scientific concerns regarding the use of Aluminium substances in cosmetic products taking into account the newly submitted information on aggregate exposure from cosmetics?

The SCCS considers that the systemic exposure to aluminium via daily applications of cosmetic products does not add significantly to the systemic body burden of aluminium from other sources. Exposure to aluminium may also occur from sources other than cosmetic products, and a major source of aluminium in the population is the diet. This assessment has not taken into account the daily dietary intake of aluminium.

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